Earlier during the day, several passengers traveling on Pretoria’s busy N1 highway reported seeing two giraffes transported in an open truck, with many passengers posting Tweets and Instagram photos. Moments before the accident, a twitter user Thinus Botha, 32, took the photo of the two giraffes dangerously approaching a low overpass leading to anxious web reactions on the fate of them.
Botha told Mailonline
I pulled over just before the bridge and a few seconds after I took the photo the first giraffe hit its head on the bridge. There was a loud bang and I saw blood coming from the nose of the giraffe. I hear that he didn't make it and I'm not surprised. It was a sharp hit to his skull.
The giraffes were soon taken to a veterinarian where it was established that the one giraffe had died due to severe head injuries.
The SPCA, South Africa said it has launched investigations and may lay criminal charges against those involved in transporting the animals for not taking any safety precautions.
Rick Allan, Tshwane SPCA managing director said
When you are transporting giraffes on an open road, their heads should be covered by a structure which is a specially designed container that looks like a crate.
However, the owner of the giraffe told reporters that the truck 'went through lots of other bridges' before the accident and the giraffe had craned its neck.